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4 things you can do in today’s market sell off

There is a whole lot of red on my screen today! Below is what the current markets look like. The S&P 500 (/ES) is down 1.31% . . . the Nasdaq (/NQ) is down 1.55%. It seem like whenever a day like this comes that people are calling for the end of the bull market.             While no one knows if that is a legitimate call or not (we will know in the coming months), there are a few things that people can do during a little sell like we are experiencing today. 1. Sell some puts. If you’re in need of income or if there are stocks that you really like that you are not yet in, consider selling some puts. We talk more about this strategy in our Finding Income in Today’s market video. Click here to see watch. With the rise in volatility and the
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Categories: Markets and Strategy.

The Week that Was

Each week we try our best to provide our thoughts on the market and other stories happening around the globe. We do this by writing blog posts and by using other forms of social media including Twitter. For those of you not following us on Twitter we thought we would show you what you’re missing.  For those that do follow us then this will be a good recap of the week that was. Please know that we did not post everyone of our Tweets just a few of our favorites. Some of the links are below in case you missed the story. If you would like to follow us on Twitter just click the links below . . . Brett Pattison @brettmpattison Brian Hunsaker @BrianWHunsaker As always, please remember these are just educational thoughts and not recommendations to buy or sale any security.                  
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Words of Wisdom for Every Investor

The first weekend of March is one that we look forward to each year. It is the one time of the year where you have the opportunity to read what arguably the best investor ever has to say about investing, the market, the economy and much, much more. We are talking about Warren Buffett and his annual letter to his shareholders. We read each this letter religiously for the opportunity to learn from the “Oracle of Omaha.” This year was no different. Below is a portion of the 2014 letter. If you read nothing else you must read what we have pasted below. If you would like to read the entire letter just click here. (The bolded sentences below is our emphasis not Buffett’s.) From page 17 and 18 of the 2014 Berkshire Annual Letter . . . “Our investment results have been helped by a terrific tailwind. During the
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Categories: Markets, Personal Finance, and Strategy.

Inflation’s Impact on Investing Returns

Whether you know it or not your investment returns are under attack. The attacker known as inflation, is silent and slow but  it’s impact can be substantial over time. Understanding inflation’s impact on returns is important as investors work towards accomplishing their financial goals. The chart below is divided into three different asset class – stocks, bonds and cash. For each asset class there are two listed compound annual returns, before inflation (on the left) and after inflation (on the right). The after inflation returns are commonly referred to as real returns. So why is this important? It’s simple. If you’re an investor striving to accomplish your financial goals without understanding their potential “real returns,” you may be investing in something that may not even allow you to accomplish your goals. It’s our opinion that people may have to invest more of their money in stocks longer than they would like
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